UK-based Zim leaves X Factor judges in stitches
Mandoza battles for life Byo police funfair back on track
KWAITO music veteran, Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala was diagnosed with Cancer in May 2015 and with the support of his wife Mpho Tshabalala, his family and doctors, he recovered well enough to share his story.
In a statement released by Mandoza’s friend and Producer Gabi Le Roux, Mandoza is said to be back in hospital fighting for his life.
“A great son of our Mzansi Soil is in trouble. Mandoza Nkalakatha is fighting for his life after having cancer treatment in 2015; it has unfortunately metastasized to his brain. Doctors and medical staff are trying whatever they can and we are not giving up hope for his recovery,” said Le Roux.
“Mpho and the Tshabalala family have asked all his friends and fans to pray for him, beckon and call upon the ancestors and keep him in your thoughts during this time. Please also be respectful and discreet in how you react to this announcement. Thanks.”
-Drum THE Police CommissionerGeneral’s annual funfair that was set to be held in July will now be held on Saturday in Bulawayo with a star-studded line-up expected to entertain thousands of people at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) show grounds.
The 18th edition of the THE moment United Kingdom (UK) based Zimbabwean Muchaneta Mpofu opened her mouth and introduced herself as the Lady of Favour during the X Factor UK auditions, viewers had a feeling that they were in for a chuckle.
Dressed in an unsightly blond wig and a black dress with a hip high slit, The Lady of Favour left judges — music legends Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh — in stitches with her rendition of 90s pop group Ace of Base’s All that she wants.
Judge Cowell said he felt like he was being told off: “All that she wants is another baby! OK.”
Equally, Zimbabweans who watched the Lady of Favour perform the song, heaped laughter and praise on Mpofu while others were quick to ridicule her.
Others said her voice reminded them of mbira musician Taruwona Marcey Mushore’s song Nhamudziko which she performed on ZTV programme Ezomgido off her 2003 album For Orphan Child I popular fair will have the likes of Sandra Ndebele, Iyasa, Jeys Marabini, Charles and Olivia Charamba and Clement Magwaza as part of the entertainment. They will be complemented by the police band. Adults will pay $2 to enter the venue and $1 for children with a specially designed entertainment programme for the latter, which includes rides in the traffic police cars and bikes; jumping castles among a host of other games and rides. Police displays, a mainstay at agricultural shows and other national events around the country, will be staged as well. A raffle to win televisions, a car and stoves will be conducted on the day. National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the postponement was due to logistical challenges at that time. He said everything was now in place for the funfair to happen on Saturday. “The show will become an annual event and we urge people to come in their numbers to enjoy the day with members of police. There are many fun games,” said Chief Supt Nyathi. Sing. They described her performance as intriguingly weird.
Some on social media said Mpofu was the funniest thing they have watched so far while others said they had never been so embarrassed. The video of her audition for the show has so far been shared and had over 100 000 views on YouTube in three days.
“For several years people have been complaining and pleading with the Commissioner General (Augustine Chihuri) to hold the funfair in Bulawayo. We saw it fit as the police service for the people that we should heed that call. On the day the police will mix and mingle with the public as they enjoy the occasion together.”
He said the proceeds from the funfair will be channelled towards the Commissioner General’s charity activities around the country.
“All the proceeds will go towards the charity, the Commissioner General of Police Welfare Fund, where we are sponsoring over 600 children all over the country. We want each and every person to play a part in this charitable cause,” said Chief Supt Nyathi. Those who want to sell wares during the day will be afforded the chance as stalls will be available at $50 for individuals and $200 for companies.
The Harare event will be held on October 1 at Morris Depot. Meanwhile, the police have announced a route permit waiver for commuter omnibus operators in the city to facilitate smooth transportation of residents and school children to attend the event.
“All holders of valid commuter omnibus route authorities that operate within Bulawayo are advised that the route restrictions for their road service permits will be waived only on September 10. This will only be for the purpose of ferrying passengers attending the Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General’s funfair at the ZITF Show grounds in Bulawayo,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala
Muchaneta Mpofu (Lady of Favour)